The Crystal Meth Withdrawal Chart

Visual GUIDE to Crystal Meth Withdrawal. Learn what to expect and when here.

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Duration of Crystal Meth Withdraw

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug. When you cook it into a rock crystal form, crystal meth becomes even more addictive. So what happens when your body’s dependent on meth but you know longer want to use?

First, know that withdrawal may last from few weeks to several months. It all depends on:

The Crystal Meth Withdrawal Chart

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  • your general health
  • the level of crystal meth dependence
  • the frequency of use
  • the period of use

How long does crystal meth withdrawal last? What are symptoms of crystal meth withdrawal? Explore our easy-to-follow timeline infographic to learn more ! And, if you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments section at the end.

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Crystal Meth Withdrawal Timeline

The first symptoms of crystal meth withdrawal happen right after the effects of last dose worn off. Usually, withdrawal from crystal meth lasts from 1 to 2 weeks, but in some extreme cases it may last up to a month or even longer. This withdrawal period may be hard and very uncomfortable, BUT help is always available!

Below is a list of the most common crystal meth withdrawal symptoms with time of their occurrence:

24-72 hours after the last dose:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Sleepiness
  • Suicidal thoughts

Week 1 Crystal Meth Withdrawal:

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  • Aches & pains
  • Agitation
  • Cravings
  • Hunger
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

Week 2 Crystal Meth Withdrawal

  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disorders

Weeks 3-4 Crystal Meth Withdrawal:

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  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Energy regain
  • Fatigue
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased appetite
  • Mood stabilization
  • Nervousness

Longer Crystal Meth Withdrawal: PAWS

Crystal meth withdrawal is most intense and harsh in the first few days after the last dose. Usually the physical symptoms resolve rather quickly, but cravings may persist through the whole withdrawal process. Furthermore, you may have problems with mood and sleep in the months and years after you quit for good.

Keep in mind that some crystal meth users may experience post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) that may last for months. Crystal meth PAWS include:

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  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Mood swings

The Safest Way to Treat Withdrawal Symptoms

But, how can you treat crystal meth addiction and withdrawal? The safest way to undergo crystal meth withdrawal is with medical help. If you enroll into crystal meth rehab program you will receive psychological as well as emotional support. Know that you are not alone. Help is just a phone call away.

Crystal Meth Withdrawal Timeline Questions

Are you or someone you now struggling with crystal meth withdrawal and addiction? Don’t stay in the dark. Call 1-877-845-1107 to get all information you need about a suitable treatment program. Learn what you can expect as you get off meth…and stay off for good!

Still got questions? Leave them in the section below. We try to respond to all legitimate questions ASAP.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Withdrawal symptoms in abstinent methamphetamine-dependent subjects
MethHelp: Meth withdrawal
NCBI: The nature, time course and severity of methamphetamine withdrawal
NCBI: Withdrawal symptoms in abstinent methamphetamine-dependent subjects
ND Meth Summit
NIH: The burden and management of crystal meth use
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Hi
    I am curious about a couple of things?

    1. Why does smoking meth make me so mellow and tired while oral or IV use gives me more of an alert feeling?

    2. Is most meth made in Mexico now?

    3. How come no matter where I get it or who I get it from, it seems super weak and never gets me, “twacked” anymore. All it does is help me concentrate on whatever chore/task/job I am currently working on. It helps me focus and finish a job without being distracted. However, I eat and sleep and behave like a functioning normal human. So what gives? No ephedra?

    4. Can smoking meth give you a lung infection? Like coughing up free /yellow loogies?

    Thank you for any/all help in answering !

  2. I have several different questions about a few loved ones who each suffer from addiction. I would like to talk privately with someone as soon as I possible can. If I call the number listed above can they help me and answer my questions or is the number for the one who is looking to overcome addiction only? I’m just looking for someone who can answer questions and help me help the ones I love who are going through this. Thank you!

    1. Hi Misty. The helpline number can help you find answers about addiction rehab programs, and offer you treatment options.

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